(Closed) Best time for Sunday wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Sunday wedding - what ceremony start time would be more convenient for out-of-town guests?

    12:00 /12:30

    1:00 / 1:30

    2:00 / 2:30

    3:00 / 3:30

    Other (please describe below!)

  • Post # 3
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We got married on a Sunday and the timeline was as follows:

    3:00pm – Guests arrive

    3:30pm – Ceremony

    4-5:00pm – Cocktail Hour

    5-9pm – Reception

    It was perfect!! Everything was beautiful, we got great pics (I’ll be posting a recap soon :)) and everyone enjoyed themselves. I should also note that I had the same concern about being a Sunday night, AND our venue was about 49 mins out of the city where we live, but people still said it was perfect, and even though it was a Sunday night and they had  been partying, they still got to bed at a reasonable time!

    Hope this helps!

    Post # 4
    13946 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d go for the 1/130 range.  Honestly, I probably wouldn’t attend a Sunday wedding if I had to drive 3 hours and couldn’t arrange the next day off from work easily.  But if you make it early enough in the day to allow for driving home, more people are likely to try to attend.

    I would also recommend a hotel block, because I wouldn’t drive a total of 6 hours a day for just anyone’s wedding.

    Post # 5
    7308 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    If I am driving 3 hours to attend, I’m getting there on Saturday and staying overnight. So a 1:30 or 2pm start time would be good, as that would wrap things up early enough for me to drive home at a decent hour.

    Post # 6
    38 posts
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think 1-1:30 PM. You could serve brunch food. I love brunch.

    Post # 7
    6105 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I have to get up at 5:30 for my job so assuming I would only be driving an hour (shit, I drive that each way to work so no biggie) I think having it end at 8:30-9pm would be perfect.

    Post # 8
    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I just got married on a Sunday in December. We did 4:30 Ceremony, 5-10 Reception. Almost everyone was within a 2 hour drive. Out of 90 invites, we had 66 RSVP yes and 56 attend. The 10 that did not had a good reason though, we got over 4 inches of snow and they physically couldn’t get there. Almost everyone stayed until at least 9:30 with most staying until 10. No one complained (at least to my face) about having to work the next day and everyone seemed to have a good time.

    Good luck with your planning!

    Post # 9
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m getting married on a Sunday and its from 5:30-11, granted I live in NYC and so do most of our guests so a late start doesn’t impact us

    Post # 10
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m getting married on a Sunday and its from 5:30-11, granted I live in NYC and so do most of our guests so a late start doesn’t impact us

    Post # 12
    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @cassclaw:  Fiance and I are having a Sunday brunch reception. Our wedding starts at 10:30am and reception lasts from 11-3. It’s perfect for us!

    Post # 13
    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

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    @cassclaw:  Sounds great!

    Ours was a Sunday, but the longest anyone had to drive was an hour, and that family ended up staying over anyway. We did the 5-10 time frame. It was either that or 7-12!

    Post # 14
    5062 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m having a Sunday wedding starting at 3pm. 

    Post # 15
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

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    @coffeeloverbee:  Ours was very similar to this.

    Sunday ceremony was at 4, went straight into reception with dinner at 5:15. Ours was slightly easier because the wedding was local for almost everyone but I think your 3:00 time is fine. If you’re really worried about people traveling I would do earlier around 1.

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